Starting from The Three Cranes at Great Cransley, walkers were promised there were no stiles on this walk – only to meet one at the very start of the walk!
We entered a field full of sheep then walked single file down the lane, for safety, in case of any passing traffic. We saw where there was once a railway line, now covered with grass as iron ore was quarried from extensive shallow pits on the North and West side of Thorpe Malsor.
Crossing over to reach the footpath we had lovely views of Cransley Sailing Club. On to the Nature Reserve we came across an old air raid shelter buried in shrubs and moss. We enjoyed walking through the woodland area and came out onto the road which lead us uphill into the village of Thorpe Malsor. In 2011 Thorpe Malsor had a population of 145 but may well have grown since then.
We passed All Saints church which was built in the late 13th and early 14th centuries helps to make this small village an attractive one.
We continued our ramble over farmland and saw The Sailing club from a different angle. By then, the sun shone brightly on us and replaced the somewhat overcast start we encountered at the beginning of this short but very picturesque walk. The temperature had risen by the time we returned to the pub. Those of us who stayed for lunch enjoyed a delicious, freshly prepared meal at a long table, set up for us in the conservatory.